(Blog Tour) Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories by Mary Jane Hall

(Blog Tour) Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories by Mary Jane Hall

It’s been a while since I have been able to blog, but I have to come to share about Mary Jane Hall’s new book, Colorful Crochet Lace because it is so fabulous!

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories
Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories is a collection of modern garments and accessories designed by Mary Jane Hall and published by Interweave/F+W Media, Inc. Hall used traditional lace techniques, such as fan, shell, popcorn and love knot stitches, and a variety of yarn weights to design clothing and accessories that work for women of all ages and sizes.

Hall created elegant lace scarves, shawls and tops that have a vintage, Victorian flare, but she also went beyond the expected to include other fashionable pieces such as a hooded jacket, flared hem dress and crop top. Some of the garments with more lacy openwork include the Le Chocolate Skirt, Dominique Dress Overlay and Magnifique Modular Tunic, which work well as stylish layers to be worn on top of other garments. Also, the Michelle Ma Belle Shrug and Haute Couture Peplum Top are perfect for those who prefer more solid lace garments.

Le Chocolate Skirt
Le Chocolate Skirt

My personal favorites from the book are the Brigitte Wide Belt, Juliette Scarf and Au Naturel Cropped Top.

Brigitte Wide Belt
Brigitte Wide Belt
Juliette Scarf
Juliette Scarf

Each pattern includes a chart that breaks down the anatomy of the lace stitches. Schematics are also available for the items that require seaming.  This book is designed with a French chic look and feel, and it contains stunning images that show the garments and accessories from multiple angles. The instructions are well written and contain several notes for additional assistance.

Hall concludes her book with an explanation of her Graduated Stitch Method, which she is known for using to shape her garments, along with crochet abbreviations and a stitch glossary.

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories is the perfect book for anyone who loves the look of lace but has been intimidated to try making something fashionable. Also, the repetition of the lace patterns makes it easy for experienced crocheters to make adjustments, if needed.

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 Chic Garments & Accessories

By Mary Jane Hall

Interweave/F+W; $24.99

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Next on the Blog Tour is Jocelyn Sass of Cute Crochet Chat.  Be sure to check out her chat session and don’t miss the giveaway.

Colorful Crochet Lace Book Blog Tour

 

 

 

(Interview) Cre8tion Crochet LIVE Episode 8

(Interview) Cre8tion Crochet LIVE Episode 8

I talked crochet with Lorene Eppolite of Cre8tion Crochet.  Some of our topics include whether to block or not, using test crocheters and finding a crochet mentor.

Seven Free Patterns for Crochet Gifts

Crochet Me! Free Crochet Ideas: 7 PatternCrochet Me! has put together a free e-book collection of seven crochet patterns that are perfect for handmade gifts.  The collection includes a hat, juggling balls, hat & scarf set, market bag, baby cardigan, lace bracelet, and nesting dolls.

Visit Crochet Me! to download your free book.  Interweave does require free registration to the Crochet Me! membership community which allows you to access the blogs, forums, videos, and galleries. Plus, you can share your work with the other crochet community members.

Crochet Bags and Purses: 7 Free Crochet Bag Patterns

Crochet Bags and Purses: 7 Free Crochet Bag Patterns is another free e-book from Interweave that is available as a free download. You can crochet your own market bag, messenger bag, cell phone case, and more. Some of the techniques included are felting, crocheting motifs, embroidery on crochet, making tassels, and crocheting chevrons.

Interweave Crochet Bags and Purses: 7 Free Crochet Bag Patterns free download

What Is Your Favorite Yarn, Plus Book Giveaway!

Craft Tree: Crocheted Afghans:  A collection of 10 of popular crocheted afghans patterns – GIVEAWAY!

Craft Tree: Crochet Afghans

When I crochet blankets, afghans, and throws, I always seem to run back to my old faithful acrylic yarns.  I like them because they are inexpensive and can go in the washer and dryer.

I want to try some new yarns for some upcoming projects, and I want to know what you all are using for your projects.  So tell me what yarns do you all like to use when you make your crochet blankets, afghans, and throws?  I need some new ideas!

I have two designs featured in Interweave’s Craft Tree: Crocheted Afghans – Seaside Throw and Mulled Spices Afghan, and I am giving away a copy of this paperback book.  Please leave me a comment and tell me what is your favorite yarn to use to crochet your blankets, afghans, and throws by February 28, 2013.  On March 1, I will use a random number generator to select which commenter will receive the book.

I am excited to see what yarns you all are using so I can get some new choices.

R E M I N D E R:  Leave your comments by February 28, 2013.

 

 

Craft Tree: Crocheted Afghans

 

Introducing Craft Tree: Crocheted Afghans

A collection of 10 of popular crocheted afghans patterns

Interweave has put together a collection of 10 popular afghans, blankets, and throws called Craft Tree: Crocheted Afghans that features the following designs from top crochet designers:

  • Sweet Lorraine Lace Throw
  • Painted Turtle Afghan
  • Dots Blanket
  • Hap Blanket
  • Solas Caomh
  • Marmalade Skies Afghan
  • Magic Carpet Blanket
  • Moorish Mosaic Afghan
  • Seaside Throw
  • Mulled Spices Afghan

Explore a variety of techniques and styles.  Perfect for projects for gifts to give throughout the year.

New Free Tunisian Crochet Patterns

four free Tunisian crochet patterns from Interweave Crochet

You all know that I love creating Tunisian Crochet designs — everything from accessories to home décor.

Interweave Crochet has put together 4 Free Tunisian Crochet Patterns plus Tips on Basic Tunisian Crochet Stitches and How to Tunisian Crochet.  This is a great primer to learn or brush up on your Tunisian crochet skills, and you get four free patterns to try.

Free Pattern and Crochet Savvy Magazine Fall Issue

Wafle Crochet HeadbandThe Fall issue of Crochet Savvy magazine is available for download. This is the third issue of this new magazine dedicated to “Fashionable … Trendy … Modern …” crochet “for the Crochet Enthusiastic.” Visit the website at www.crochetsavvy.com and check out the yarn reviews, featured designers, recipes, crafts, and contests. You can download the magazine for free on the Crochet Savvy website or from MagCloud.

The current issue of Crochet Savvy has a free pattern from This Is Crochet — Waffle Crochet Headband. This is an accessory for girls of all ages. The instructions are for both the narrow and wide versions.

Want to Learn Tunisian Crochet?

 

 

 

Interweave Press and Kim Guzman have put together A Step-By-Step Guide to Tunisian Crochet to help you get started with the basic.   Once you’ve gotten down the basics, there are five patterns for you to try, including the Mulled Spices Afghan.

For those of you who already love Tunisian Crochet, this is a great opportunity to pick up a technique resource, along with five great patterns, for the unbelievable amount of $6.99.

Free Pattern Download – Party Girl Skirt

Party Girl Skirt

The Party Girl Skirt is now available as a free pattern download. This is a cute skirt with a triple-tiered, ruffled bottom for little girls. It’s fun in layered bright colors, but it would be just as pretty done in one color. I think it would make a nice flower girl skirt if done in all white.